HUBER HEIGHTS — Wayne High School business students got real-world experience last week as they presented business plans to a panel of bank personnel in the community.
Bankers from First Financial Bank, Key Bank, and Fifth Third Bank listened to and studied the students’ business plans in a forum similar to the popular television show Shark Tank.
Each plan was presented both orally and written and then faced questions from the panel.
The plans ranged from a cleaning business, a soda shop, an ice cream shop, a clothing store, a multi-sport complex, a woman-owned car repair shop, and a business designed to help homeless people find food, clothing, shelter, and, ultimately, jobs.
Business teacher Carey Leffew said that bringing in people in the financial industry adds a new element to the business plans previously done.
“Students can listen to my stories or read a textbook, but they will only learn so much,” she said. “Having professionals who do this every day listen to them, critique their plans, offer constructive advice, and encourage them definitely enhances the education we provide. “
Mark Bruns, Executive Director of the Huber Heights Chamber of Commerce, told the students that he hoped that the exercise showed something else as well.
“We in the business community of Huber Heights want you to know that we support you, we want you to succeed, and are here to help you achieve your dreams,” said Bruns.
“Have a dream, be creative, that’s what makes America great,” said Brian Nelson, Assistant Vice President and Financial Center Manager II at Fifth Third Bank. “Keep refining your dreams and don’t let anyone dampen it.”
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